With the current restrictions on travel and gatherings, it can be difficult to see how Easter can be celebrated in such a climate. Holy week begins on the 5th of April this year and this is a good time to remember the events that led up to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, and what that means for us. Despite the closure of churches and schools, there are many ways that Easter can be celebrated from home with our loved ones.
Many churches around the world have been making their services available online through live streams and recorded podcasts, which can be replayed at a time of day that suits our time zone. Washington National Cathedral will be giving live webcast services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day. Although your own place of worship may not be available, this is a good chance to join in with communities from all over the globe and virtually visit places you have never seen before.
Thanks to social media, it has become so much easier for us to stay connected with our friends and family. Another way to celebrate Easter is to set up a zoom, FaceTime or Skype call with loved ones and join together in an Easter lunch. It is a good excuse to set the table, put on some Easter clothes and join together in songs of praise. There are plenty of Choirs that have posted on YouTube and Spotify so that you and your family can join in with and sing along to, as well as some good recipes online to help make an extraordinarily tasty meal. This is also a good time to remember those in our lives who might not have as much access to the technology we do, and this may be the best time to give our family members a phone call to check how they’re doing, especially if we haven’t caught up with them in a while.
Easter is also a time to give offering and now, more than ever, there are a number of ways we can continue to do this. There are many charities that are in need of a little extra support during these hardships as well as the businesses in our local areas who currently cannot open due to restrictions on essential activity. Offerings aren’t the only way we can help this Easter though; contacting and checking in on our friends and neighbours will help our community flourish and maintain unity, and encouraging these people to reach out will help us all stay connected and remind us that we are in this together.
Finally, Easter is a time for reflection. The shops and schools may be closed but this is still a good time to reflect on everything we have done and everything we plan to do in future. There are still many ways we can celebrate the life of Jesus from our own homes, and now is a good time to pray for those less fortunate than us as well as the valuable workers who are risking their health and forgoing their own families to keep us safe. Remember these people this Easter, and remember the love that Christ showed us when he made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.
Mrs Buckley will be uploading prayers throughout Holy Week as well as some reflections and suggestions of her own. Keep an eye out on the school’s social pages for those.
Peace and Blessings.